Desert Magazine 1963: Lake Powell


Aug 9, 2007
I came across this issue of Desert Magazine from July 1963 when Lake Powell first began filling. It's interesting to read what I assume was the general public perspective on it back then, particularly the perspective of things lost and gained and the recreational opportunities. Also interesting to see the original plan for development and marinas.

Go to page 20 in this PDF:

A couple previews. Pics like this of the water first rising are pretty gut wrenching. I could be wrong, but I think the rock in the cover photo is Sentinel Rock aka Island Monument, the top of which is 355' below the surface of Lake Powell at full pool.

Hole-in-the-Rock Marina? Ha!


May 19, 2012
Thanks for posting this. Agree about what was lost obviously, but $10 down and $10 a month for a lot in Vegas? Sign me up!
I also like the letters to the editor, particularly the one about the "proposed Canyonlands National Park". And "Sightseeing With a Porcupine", a classic.


Jan 17, 2012
I notice on that map that the Dirty Devil is labeled as the Fremont down to the Colorado.
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Alien from over the pond...
Sep 5, 2012
Forgive the editor and publisher they are (were) from CA.
I love this magazine (own all of them).
It's a nice and interesting journey in the past.
Is the arch on page 26 located near the Windows Section of Arches NP?

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Alien from over the pond...
Sep 5, 2012
That's it. Thanks, Randy. :)

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Feet on the ground, head in the clouds
Apr 11, 2012
I always hate the idea that they flooded Glen Canyon, usually right up until my first 5 minutes on a houseboat.

The Monkey Wrench Gang is a great story told from the perspective of some old school backcountry folks and their frustration with the flooding of Glen Canyon. Ed Abbey is the author and I am sure most of us are familiar with his work. I tend to side with the environmentalists on the issue and feel like the Grand Canyon was turned from a living, breathing, marvel, to a people controlled tourist attraction. Also so much was lost when the canyon was flooded.
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